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Sports News
Faf du Plessis shines as CSK beat SRH to enter seventh final
 
(Mumbai, May 22, 2018):South African skipper Faf du Plessis pulled off a 'Houdini act' to guide CSK to their seventh IPL final with a two-wicket victory over SRH in what has been a fairytale comeback in the cash-rich league.

Chasing a modest target of 140, Chennai were down in dumps at 92 for 7 before Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) engineered a stunning comeback and fittingly finished the match with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

With 43 needing off last three overs, Du Plessis, who opened the batting, launched into Carlos Brathwaite's 18th over smashing him for 20 runs which included two sixes and two fours. Having done precious little in the tournament so far, the stylish right-hander put his hand up when it mattered most.

Siddarth Kaul bowling the 19th over, paid for his inexperience in a crunch game, as 17 runs came off that over as no 10 Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls) got three boundaries including a streaky one. Then it was Du Plessis, who finished the match having hit five fours and four maximums.

Banned for two seasons on charges of corruption, the most successful franchise in the history of T20 cricket played like a team possessed with their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again at the forefront with a calm demeanour.

However, Hyderabad bowlers do deserve credit for making a match of a small total but this time their luck ran out in the end.

Shane Watson (0) edged one off Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Kaul (2/32) castled Suresh Raina (22 off 13 balls) and in-form Ambati Rayudu (0) off successive deliveries.

Dhoni failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan while Dwayne Bravo was done in by extra bounce edging one to Shikhar Dhawan at slips.

Du Plessis waged a lone battle as wickets fell in a heap at the other end with Sandeep Sharma getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar.

Earlier, CSK bowlers utilised the lively conditions to the fullest restricting SRH to a modest 139 for 7 after being put into bat.

Effective seam bowling in Powerplay overs swung the game towards two-time champions early on in the innings and they never let it slacken except towards the end when Carlos Brathwaite (43 off 29 balls) laid into Shardul Thakur.

Skipper Kane Willamson (24), Yusuf Pathan (24) and Brathwaite (43 in 29 balls) were the useful contributors for SRH on a track that offered good bounce.

CSK pegged back Sunrisers at 47 for 3 with both Williamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) back in the dugout.

Dhawan, the second-highest scorer for Sunrisers with 437 runs, was played on off Deepak Chahar of the first delivery of the match.

Williamson, in red-hot form in the season, produced three hits to the fence off the last three balls in the same over, an exquisite extra cover drive being the pick.

From the other end, Lungi Ngidi packed off the other opener Shreevats Goswami by accepting a smart return catch, when the batsman tried to pull.

At 34 for two Hyderabad, who came into the playoff game after suffering three straight losses, were in trouble and it worsened when they lost their skipper Williamson.

The New Zealand captain feathered a catch down a leg-side ball off Shardul Thakur to rival captain Dhoni to leave SRH reeling at 36 for 3 in the fifth over.

Chennai, attempting to make it to their seventh final in nine seasons that they have been part of IPL, struck another blow just past the Powerplay period.

Shakib Al Hasan also fell to a leg-side catch by Dhoni off Dwayne Bravo (2/25) and it left Sunrisers at a spot at 50 for 4. After 10 overs, the score was a modest 64 for 4.

Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 13) sent back Manish Pandey cheaply as half the SRH was back in the pavilion with only 69 on the board.

Then Bravo pulled off a stunner, pouching on to a low full-blooded drive from Pathan.

A late flurry from West Indian Brathwaite, who slammed Thakur for four huge sixes and a four in death overs, boosted the total significantly.


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India's Srija stuns fancied Belgian Anna at women chess meet
Mexico shock World Cup holders Germany
World Cup: Serbia edge out Costa Rica in Group E opener
Messi penalty saved as Iceland hold Argentina
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia stun Saudi Arabia in opener, substitutes shine in 5-0 win
India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test: Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 on Day 1
Afghanistan not nervous about Test clash with India, says skipper Asghar Stanikzai
Amelia Kerr slams 232* to break 21-year-old record in Women's ODIs
Defending champions Germany arrive in Russia for World Cup
Navdeep Saini replaces Mohammed Shami in Test team against Afghanistan
David de Gea wants Spain's PM to offer public apology
Women's hockey: India begin 5-match series against Spain
Sunil Chhetri scores a brace to equal Messi's record, wins India the match
Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title
Neymar on target again as Brazil beat Austria
FIFA World Cup: Lanzini injury blow for Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo likely to leave Real Madrid over unfulfilled promises
French Open: Halep defeats Muguruza, to play in third final
French Open: Muguruza defeats Sharapova in straight sets
KERALA NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Iraq force accuses US of killing 22 of its fighters in Syria
 Baghdad, June 18 (AFP) An Iraqi paramilitary force today accused the United States of killing 22 of
Merkel gets ultimatum from hardline ally over migrants
Nigeria: 31 people killed in twin suicide blasts
1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting
NATIONAL NEWS
ED files fresh charge sheet against Mallya, prepares for fugitive tag
 Mumbai, Jun 18 (PTI) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a fresh charge sheet against embat
Rahul writes to slain scribe's father, offers condolence
India, China, Pakistan trilateral cooperation can help maintain peace: Beijing's envoy
Vajpayee better, hopeful of full recovery in next few days: AIIMS director
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